In the south alot of trees have started blooming due to the very mild winter. My peach and plum tree have already flowered and starting producing leaves. Is now a good time to fertilize?
We still aren't totally out of the woods yet.
I would stick to the schedule published by your local Extension office... You really don't want to push green growth before the "Last frost date".... Around here - it's Easter... This way - if we do get a late hard frost, it won't get hammered quite so badly..
you're right, two days later it dropped back into the 30s.
If you fertilize during the bloom does that hurt the tree from seting fruit? I was always told to fertilize before
the tree blooms or it may hurt fruit set on the tree.
IS that true?
I have no idea, maybe someone on here does?
Fertilizing for fruit is before flowering like before last frost date in your area my last frost date Feb. 20th so I fertilize before that date don't use flower brake out as timing. The next fertilizing time at end fruit picking like when go out to pick last fruit off care fertilizer with you do it then this is for fruiting tree not one that you trying grow tree.
Normal fertilizing during flowering won't hurt fruit set. You'd have to apply massive amounts, enough to burn the roots or leaves.
If fertilizer hurt fruit set many would use it to thin the fruit. Foliar application of fish oil and other stuff including some fertilizers has been tried to reduce fruit set on peach. But it doesn't work very well and that's foliar in an attempt to burn the flowers.
Thanks for the responces on fertilizeing!
What's a good type of fertilizer to use on fruit trees? 5-10-10? (I know a load of manure would be the best, but I have no easy way to get what I need to where I need it)
Bart my trees like 10-10-10 the 13-13-13 makes to leggy. If 5-10-10 been working for you I would stay with that it question of how much new growth you need.